After four miscarriages and a troubled pregnancy that saw her bleeding in the early stages, it was the last thing Cally Hibbert needed when her waters broke while she was folding washing at home at just 18 weeks.
The 27-year-old from Greater Manchester in the UK rushed to hospital, only to have doctors tell the devastated mum to expect a miscarriage.
However with her unborn son’s heart continuing to beat, doctors then told Cally and her partner Jason Clark, that with less than one percent chance of survival, termination was recommended.
The desperate mum knew that she didn’t want to give up while her baby still had a chance, so trawled the internet, and happened upon a Facebook group called Little Heartbeats.
Supporting women like her who had suffered pre-term pre-labour rupture (PPROM), forums suggested that drinking water could help the increase the baby’s amniotic fluid.
“When I read that other mums believed drinking more water had helped, I knew straight away I couldn’t give up on my baby,” Cally told the Sun.
“I kept researching and read that the more the mother drinks, the more the baby urinates which increases the amniotic fluid, so it made sense that drinking more might help replenish some of the waters at least.”
Despite medical advice that her actions could result in infection, Cally downed seven litres of water daily, with her son growing day-by-day.
The determined mum saw her bub grow to 28 weeks before she gave birth to little Leo in July 2016, with the premature bub remaining in hospital until October.
Now a healthy two-year-old who happily plays with his siblings Oliver, nine, and five-year-old Holly, Leo has a clean bill of health.
However experts have warned anyone in a similar situation to seek proper medical advice.
“There is no evidence to suggest that drinking large amounts of water will reduce risk to the unborn baby, and medical advice should be sought immediately,” Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists spokesperson Professor Mark Kilby told the Sun.
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